Browsing: Misconceptions

A Brief History Before modern science, people came up with the best explanations that they could for just about everything.  It seems people are never content to say “I don’t know!”  This list will avoid controversial religious topics except for the really old and out of date ones! Digging Deeper 10. Plague and Malaria Are Caused by “Bad Air.” This belief is not necessarily stupid, just wrong.  Fleas and mosquitoes cause the two diseases respectively. 9. You Cannot Get Pregnant Standing Up. Well, yes you can!  Many people have found this one to be false! 8. People Would Die if…

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A Brief History On April 20, 1862, French scientists Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard proved that Aristotle was wrong! Digging Deeper The state of science thousands of years ago was somewhat more primitive than today. Ancient people did not have microscopes, X-rays, CT Scans, gas chromatography, chemical tests, electron microscopes, centrifuges, and had not even developed the so called scientific method to test theories. People believed the Brandt Goose came from barnacles by that name, and a common belief was that maggots came from dead flesh.  They did not understand microbes, DNA, or the Atomic Theory. Aristotle, the tutor of…

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A Brief History Religious reformer Martin Luther refused to recant during his trial for heresy on April 18, 1521, but what might you not know about him? Digging Deeper 10. Luther received a Doctor of Theology degree from the University of Wittenberg in 1512. He had earlier earned 2 bachelor’s degrees.  He received a bachelor’s degree in Biblical studies in 1508 and another bachelor’s degree in the Sentences by Peter Lombard in 1509. 9. Although Luther believed that “holy war” or religious wars were against God’s will, the same war fought for secular reasons were permissible, or even desirable! Meanwhile, Luther’s…

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A Brief History On March 24, 1976, Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount of Alamein, hero of World War II, died at home in England.  Along with Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, Montgomery is the most celebrated of British generals and had the ego to match, or even exceed, his reputation.  Awarded medals and honors from his own country, “Monty” was also decorated with high honors from many other countries as well, including the U.S., France, Denmark (they made him a Knight of the Order of The Elephant), Belgium, Ethiopia and others.  As great as he thought he…

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A Brief History Today, despite all the police television shows and movies, there are many misconceptions about what police can and cannot do, and how they are supposed to do it.  Hopefully this list will help enlighten people or stimulate them to discuss what should be as opposed to what is. Digging Deeper 10. All Police Love Donuts. This belief is ridiculous!  No more than about 99% would fall into this category by my personal observations!. 9. Police Have Monthly Ticket Quotas. Since this possibility is actually illegal, technically they do not have quotas.  That being said, many police administrators…

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